Suspect Identified in 11-year-old Cold Case Homicide of Jodine Serrin

CARLSBAD, Calif – The City of Carlsbad Police Department with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced today that a suspect has been identified in the 2007 murder of Jodine Serrin.

On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2007, 39-year-old Jodine Serrin was found brutally murdered in her condominium located in the 1900 block of Swallow Lane in Carlsbad.

 Since February 14, 2007, investigators have worked continuously to solve the murder.

Through the recent advancement of DNA matching technology and with the assistance of genealogical experts, investigators were able to match DNA evidence with suspect David Mabrito.

Mabrito, a single male transient, died from suicide in 2011.  He was 38-years-old at the time of the crime.

The Carlsbad Police Department would like to thank all those that have assisted in this 11-year investigation.  This includes but is not limited to District Attorney Summer Stephan, North County Chief District Attorney, Bill Mitchell, District Attorney Investigator Tony Johnson, Forensic Genealogists Barbara Rae-Venter and Colleen Fitzpatrick, Parabon NanoLabs, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

“We are thankful to provide a resolution of this case to Jodine’s family,” stated Police Chief Neil Gallucci. “We never forgot Jodine and we are grateful to have identified the person responsible for her tragic murder.”

The Serrin family asked the Police Department to relay, “Jodine taught us all with her special challenges, perseverance and love of nature. There was joy in her laughter, love in her heart and faith in her soul. The Serrin family is forever grateful to the Carlsbad Police Department for their outstanding efforts in attaining justice through resolution of this tragic case.” The Serrin’s also found support from the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children. They have asked that their privacy be respected at this time.

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